Oz brings in cameras to trap drivers on phones
MOBILE phone detection cameras were introduced in Australia yesterday in a bid to cut road deaths by a third in two years.
The scheme – one of the first in the world – involves artificial intelligence cameras operating 24 hours a day to check if drivers are handling a phone in New South Wales, the state including the capital Sydney.
So far this year 329 people have died on roads in the state, compared with 354 in 2018.
Police chief Michael Corboy said of the new scheme: ‘It’s a system to change the culture.’
For the first three months, offending drivers will be issued warning letters.
After that, the penalty will be a £180 fine – £240 in a school zone – and penalty points.
Making or receiving handsfree voice calls in New South Wales is legal. All other functions, such as taking photos, video calling and using social media are banned.
Holland launched a similar camera system in October, fining drivers £200. Last month UK transport chiefs said they were carrying out ‘some very early trial work on technology to detect mobile phone usage on the strategic road network’.